Ilford Chess Club Founded 1900 One of London's oldest chess clubs welcomes new members! Monday evenings from 7.30 p.m. Redbridge Social Centre rear of 188/190 Beehive Lane Ilford, Essex IG4 5EE.Approach up the Private Road (no name) off Beehive Lane almost opposite Somersby Gdns. The Centre has secure free parking, is on the left behind the chain link fence.
This season, we have performed creditably in London League Division 2 and North Circular ‘A’ division. But, no escaping the fact that this is probably our worst ever season in the Essex League, as we head towards relegation to the third tier. In the world of football, the likes of Manchester City and Wolves have recovered from double relegation and prospered, as we will again. We are attracting new players, and squad availability, depth and strength should improve going forward. New members are very welcome to join us in this journey.
Essex Chess League 2017/2018
Division 2 Date: Thursday 19 April 2018 Venue: Wanstead House
Wanstead White on odds
1 – 0
1 – 0
Lu, Andy W H
Chauhan, Anurag Singh
1 – 0
Sweeney, Kevin M
(Edited from Jef’s notes) Tom Barton was always under pressure on top board, as 2 central pawns came his way. Marshall, although he nicked a pawn, never had good development against Sharman. Syd lost early control against Siddo, and the decision to castle queen side did not go well, as black’s supported a and b pawns led the victory charge to an unstoppable checkmate.
Jef was our only winner taking advantage of Lu’s weak opening. When he couldn’t make progress on the king-side, Jef switched wings, and won the c-pawn backed up by two deadly raking Bishops and centered Rooks.
Our remaining bright spots included Anurag holding his position against Haddock’s Sicilian opening. Anthony Kent had some initiative in a closed Sicilian opening, but did not follow it up. Newcomer Hassan Mugalu forced a draw by repeating rook moves against Bui, who is clearly a rising star. Black’s has 2 extra pawns, but his queen needs to remain on the d file (final position below).
One more match to go in the Essex League: Monday 30th April, 7.30pm: Ilford v Loughton
After being stuffed 5 1/2 – 1/2 when we went to their place last month, a 3-3 tie in the return match was a good result, particularly as our average grade was 133 versus 146.
North Circular Chess League Division A Redbridge Social Centre, 16th April 2018
½ – ½
½ – ½
½ – ½
1 – 0
½ – ½
0 – 1
(Edited from Jef’s notes) A good way to finish our final match of the season which should ensure our safety from relegation and the drop back to Division B. There were some very good results for our players against Chingford (who outgraded us on every board).
Syd Kalinsky played into a Vienna opening and set up a blockade which Rose couldn’t break down. Anthony Kent and Gavin Hughes settled for a draw in an even middegame (final position below, black to move)
Brian Spear won pawns against Anurag down the c-file, but with a Knight and Rooks potentially causing trouble for Brian, a draw was soon agreed. Jef somehow held off Brady’s queenside attack against his weak opening, but came up with a tactic to trap his Queen which he could only save by giving up both of his Bishops. On an open board a draw was agreed.
Malcolm was our winner when Oakley misjudged his position in a sharp line of the Steinitz Variation against the French Defence. Things went badly and he lost his Queen for a Knight (see picture below) whilst our only loser was Marshall who, forfeiting too much time on the clock, couldn’t make it up.
Considering we were a promoted club and hanging on a bit, a good end to the season which has been tough against some very strong teams. All being well we will continue in this top division next season.
Malcolm’s position a few moves before white resigned.
Division 2 table topping Drunken Knights 2 were going to be a challenge. As expected we were heavily out-graded but it went as far as our top board matching their lowest graded player! Having defaulted two boards before starting it was clear that a team result was very unlikely so it was an opportunity for those playing to throw caution to the winds and play for a win against higher rated opponents. In this vein David had an excellent win, Paolo threw everything into attack to obtain a draw and Aidan also gained an excellent draw. Everyone else played well and had opportunities in their games – an entertaining evening for all. Julian initially adjourned his game but after overnight deliberation gave it up as lost.
Ilford v Wanstead 2 – North Circular Chess League, Div A
Mon 26 March 2018
This match was probably the relegation decider between Ilford and Wanstead 2. It didn’t start too well as Jason’s king was under attack early, Anthony had to defend carefully against Larry who’d given up a pawn for an initiative and Syd was playing a sharp game against Philip. Malcolm and Jason lost, but many thanks to Malcolm for playing tonight and giving us a full team! Anurag was always in control of his game and won and Philip got his pieces in a bit of a tangle allowing Syd to also convert. At 2-2 the match depended on boards 1 and 2. Having held his position together despite Larry’s probing Anthony got the opportunity to exchange down into an opposite coloured bishop endgame and held for a draw. Tom’s game was a Leningrad Dutch, to his advantage as Partha hadn’t seen this before and he got well ahead on the clock. After some tactics he managed to pick up a pawn and desperate for counter-play and running short of time Partha blitzed out some moves that ended with his queen getting trapped.
With the win and earlier draw against Wanstead 2 the league position is Ilford above them. Assuming neither team win any more matches Ilford will presumably stay in Div A.
Hackney 2 and Ilford had an average grade of 159 across their ten boards so a tight match was to be expected. There were familiar faces in the opposition and Les agreed an early draw with Gavin and invitation to head to the pub for a pint. David won in fine style with some nice finishing moves to take the point and at that stage the boards were looking promising, however, there were no more wins and we lost the match 4-6.
(From Jef’s notes) Another tough night in a run of … A bit of a broken record really.
Jason, unable to make any headway found Brady’s French Defence too tough a nut to crack. Jef sacc’ed a Bishop to destroy Morrell’s kingside defence, quickly won it back, and sent his King scurrying for cover from g1 right the way over to b3. But, unfortunately, he couldn’t land the killer blow.
Syd did well to hold off Rose’s King’s Indian attack and Tom went close but couldn’t quite hold his endgame together as Eames won a Bishop and then launched an unstoppable a-pawn up the board. Hard times with defaults and match losses and relegation looms large.
Essex Division 2
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Venue: Wanstead House
Board Wanstead II 6-2 Ilford
1 167 Whitton, Terry D ½-½ Barton, Tom A 165 (black)
2 162 Bancroft, Paul 0-1 Kent, Anthony R 151 (white)
3 160 Murrell, Mark R A 1-0 Klimach, Jason W 143
4 151 Jones, Keith S 1-0 Page, Jeffrey 146
5 134 Bui, Kyan ½-½ Chauhan, Anurag Singh 126
6 140 Nickals, Peter 1-0 Tutu, Marshall 93
7 133 Smith, David 1-d default
8 130 Siddo, Charlton 1-d default
(Edited from Jef’s Notes). Another grim night for Ilford among a bad run of grim nights. The Beast From The East was bringing more snow, but the match rightly went ahead as roads and public transport were all clear.
Jason found Mark Murrell’s Stonewall attack too clever for him and quickly got mated. Marshall had a material plus, got into a tangle as Nickal’s Q,N & B mounted strong attack. Anurag has started well for Ilford and his 2 long-range Bishops on an open board were a continual menace to Bui and a draw was soon agreed. Only on the top boards did we shine a wee bit. Tom’s Dutch Leningrad/Reversed Grand Prix defence held Terry Whitton. Anthony got out of some early difficulties and the position below was reached after, 38 Qc2 x g6 Qb7 x b2. White won quickly after that.